Cathay Pacific introduces fine Italian inflight dining through partnership with Michelin-starred Tosca

Cathay Pacific has joined hands with Tosca, the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, to launch an exciting inflight menu promotion.

From 1 February to 30 April 2017, the promotional menu will be served to First and Business Class passengers onboard selected Cathay Pacific flights departing from Hong Kong to a variety of long-haul destinations, including Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

Cathay Pacific’s customer-centric strategy means that passengers always come first and the airline strives to provide an exceptional experience at every stage of the journey.

The airline has long understood the importance its passengers place on inflight dining and the Cathay Pacific Catering team goes to great lengths to source high-quality food and beverages to suit every palate. To that end, Hong Kong’s home airline has a celebrated history of working closely with renowned chefs, hotels and restaurants to introduce new and creative culinary options on a regular basis, with the new partnership with Tosca being the latest such example.

Culinary maestro Pino Lavarra of the award-winning Tosca has designed a delicious menu for Cathay Pacific with an inventive approach while staying true to the rustic Italian flavours at heart.

Dishes on the menu include octopus terrine, lemon and parsley salad, which will delight passengers with an interesting contrast of temperature and texture between the terrine and the seared octopus layered on top. The flavour profile is further highlighted by a hint of tanginess from the lemon mayo. Beef short ribs, tomato Pizzaiola sauce and eggplant, meanwhile, is prepared using a traditional poaching technique under low heat for five hours. Succulent and tender, the short ribs are paired with palate-pleasing herbed tomato sauce and mashed potato. Another dish that is sure to be a highlight is lobster, almonds, romaine and pink pepper dressing, which features imported tomatoes from Europe. The dressing, created specially by Chef Pino, adds considerable flavour to the salad, while the tomatoes provide a vibrant colour contrast and natural sweetness.

Cathay Pacific Head of Catering Aaron Claxton said: “We are committed to providing an exceptional travel experience from the very moment our passengers book their flights with us right through to their final destination and beyond.

“We are therefore delighted to be partnering with The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and their Michelin-starred restaurant Tosca to bring modern interpretations of classic Italian dishes onto our aircraft. The food we serve on our flights is an integral part of our premium travel experience and our partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong optimises our menu options in providing quality cuisine that matches the high expectations of our passengers.”

Chef Pino added: “In the sky, there are no limits to your imagination. When working with Cathay Pacific, I was particularly intrigued by the concept of creating intense flavour pairings that can offset the effect that flying at high altitude can have on the sensitivity of our taste buds. Much thought has been put into adjusting the cooking process and recipes to replicate Tosca’s signature dishes as closely as possible, retaining the essence of Italian flavour, refined presentation and consistency of quality. I hope these dishes will enliven the gustatory senses of passengers, enabling them to enjoy something that’s uniquely delicious in the open skies.”

Cathay Pacific believes there is a crucial difference between just travelling and travelling well, which explains why the airline continually invests in improving its products and services, both on the ground and in the air. Recent times have seen Cathay Pacific significantly upgrade its customer offerings by enhancing its airport lounges and aircraft cabins across its ultra-modern fleet, as well as adding new and exciting destinations to its expanding global network.

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